Seawolves Speak! The 2016 NFL Draft

“With the first pick in the 2016 NFL draft the Los Angeles Rams select…” 

It’s finally here, football fans. Cross your fingers and hold your breath because the potential future of your favorite team is at stake.

This week the National Football League will host its 81st annual draft. Starting this Thursday, all 32 NFL franchises will get their opportunity to snag newly eligible talent. The action will take place in the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago Illinois.

Round one will be kicked off by the Los Angeles Rams followed by the Philadelphia Eagles who have the first and second pick respectively. After trading into the top two positions both teams are looking for a quarterback and it has become the common prediction that the Rams will select Jared Goff from Cal and the Eagles will end up with North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz.

Despite having the number one pick, the Los Angeles Rams are actually among the teams with the lowest amount of picks with five. The Atlanta Falcons also have five picks. The teams with the most picks are the San Francisco’s 49ers and the Cleveland Browns, both with 12 picks each.

On the first day of action, there will only be 31 picks in the first round because of the punishment that the New England Patriots obtained from their involvement with Deflategate. The Patriots will make their first selection in the second round, 60th overall.

This years draft is headlined by the two quarterbacks Goff and Wentz but there are many different highly touted prospects available. Joey Bosa, Deforest Buckner, Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley feature a tough interior line of prospects. Defensive playmakers Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack expect to be taken in the top ten. Top runner from Ohio State Ezekiel Elliott and big time red zone threat Laquon Treadwell have teams begging for their services on the offensive side of the ball. Injury and character concerns are putting question marks on several skilled prospects such as Robert Ndemdiche, Noah Spence, Karl Joseph and Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame.

Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into ESPN or the NFL Network for all draft coverage. First round will air starting Thursday at 5 p.m. Second and third round coverage starts Friday at 4 p.m. and the draft will conclude with Rounds 4-7at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The STAR asked around campus to see which athletes the students of Noma Nation want their team to add in the first round of the draft.

I think if he falls in the draft, Laquon Treadwell would be a great addition to the Vikings offense. Last year the Vikings’ defense was one of the best in the league, often picking up the slack for the offense. If Teddy Bridgewater gets another young receiver out there I think the entire offense, run game included, can improve.

- Taylor Orht, sophomore communications major

There has not been a strong defensive secondary since Troy Polamalu’s retirement in 2014. We could benefit from drafting Karl Johnson out of West Virginia. Even though he was injured his senior year, he hits hard tackles well, is strong in the cover 2 defense. I’m excited to watch this kid out on the field this season!
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- Siena Falvo, junior art history major

I think the Chargers should trade the number three pick and move down so that they will get more picks in compensation. If they keep the third pick I think they would choose Laremy Tunsil. Tunsil is the top ranked offensive lineman in the draft so it would be very smart because offensive linemen tend to play for one team for long periods of time.

- Mike Stadler, junior communications major

With the Eagles now holding the #2 overall pick it seems likely they’ll be aiming to secure a QB. I like Carson Wentz. I think he’d be a better fit for the Eagles and with his great arm strength and mobility. I don’t believe this was a trade the Eagles needed to make however. Sam Bradford as starter and a capable backup in Chase Daniel seemed like more than enough.

-Jeff Zane, Junior Communications

I think we should draft William Jackson III because he’s a cornerback and we are lacking in that position. I also think he would benefit our team because we need someone to make interceptions since we lost Charles Woodson

-Indigo Davis, freshman early childhood studies

The 49ers should draft defensive lineman DeForest Buckner from Oregon. He is the most disruptive interior defensive presence in the draft. He’s tall, long, and thick enough to stack and shed multiple blockers in one play. The 49ers need to rebuild their roster from the inside out and Buckner is the best start to do so.

“The 49ersshould draft defensive lineman DeForest Buckner from Oregon. He is the most disruptive interior defensive presence in the draft. He’s tall, long, and thick enough to stack and shed multiple blockers in one play. The 49ers need to rebuild their roster from the inside out and Buckner is the best start to do so.” -Jerod Brown, senior, hutchins major